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Bellafina All-Out To Hold Off Enaya Alrabb In Las Virgenes

Kaleem Shah’s Bellafina, the 1-9 favorite in Saturday’s Grade 2 Las Virgenes, felt late pressure from 6-1 chance Enaya Alrabb but was able to fend off that rival for a 3/4-length victory in her second start of 2019. The 3-year-old daughter of Quality Road, ridden by Flavien Prat for trainer Simon Callaghan, covered one mile […]

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Weekend Lineup: Baffert Trainees In Search Of Derby, Oaks Points

With 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby on offer, Saturday’s Sham Stakes drew a field of seven newly-turned 3-year-old colts trying to take their first step toward the roses. Trainer Bob Baffert will send out a pair in the Santa Anita feature, including the highly-touted Coliseum who is the even-money favorite on […]

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Bellafina Facing Four In Sunday’s G2 Santa Ynez

Both Kaleem Shah’s Bellafina, a Grade I winner two starts back, and Bob Baffert’s up and coming Mother Mother, cut back in distance and head a cast of five sophomore fillies in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes at seven furlongs. Throw in Doug O’Neill’s Sold It, who pressed the early pace going two […]

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Santa Ynez: Sold It Should Be ‘Best’ At Two Turns, Says O’Neill

Sold It, a gray daughter of multiple Grade I winner The Factor, is ticketed for this Sunday’s Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes at Santa Anita, carded for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. Sold It broke her maiden in a turf sprint at Del Mar on Nov. 15, then weakened to fifth after prompting the pace […]

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Chasing Yesterday Earns Hard-Fought G1 Win In Starlet

Jane Lyon’s Chasing Yesterday, the half-sister to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, scored her first Grade 1 victory in Saturday’s Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos. The juvenile daughter of Tapit had to work hard to hit the wire first; after being forced four-wide on both turns, she ran down both Enaya Alrabb and her stablemate […]

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Stakes Winner Improbable Works Seven Furlongs Toward Los Alamitos’ Futurity

Trainer Bob Baffert expects to saddle a pair of 2-year-olds in next weekend’s Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Los Alamitos, each undefeated in two career starts. Mucho Gusto (Mucho Macho Man) won the G3 Bob Hope on Nov. 17, and Improbable’s most recent workout came on Tuesday at Santa Anita. The son of City Zip […]

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Baffert Trainee Mother Mother Ships In To Capture Churchill’s Rags To Riches

Southern California invader and Del Mar Debutante (Grade I) runner-up Mother Mother led nearly every step of the way in Sunday’s sixth running of the $103,116 Rags to Riches Overnight Stakes to easily beat late-running Molto Bella by 1 ¾ lengths on opening day of Churchill Downs’ 21-day Fall Meet. Ridden by Florent Geroux and […]

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Ready And Abel? Baffert ‘Happy’ With Star Filly’s Latest Breeze

Abel Tasman disappointed in her Sept. 30 start in the G1 Zenyatta Stakes, finishing a dull fifth in her final prep for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. This Friday, however, the 4-year-old daughter of Quality Road showed a renewed sense of vigor in a morning workout with stablemate Vale Dori, trainer Bob Baffert told bloodhorse.com. The pair […]

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Baffert Wants Futurity Win For ‘Mission Accomplished’ Season At Del Mar

Entering Sunday’s penultimate program of the summer meeting, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert had 12 wins from 39 starters. Eleven of those were in maiden races where he unveiled 2-year-old male talents like Roadster and Game Winner, his entrants in a field of seven for Monday’s Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Futurity. Or fillies […]

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Bellafina Kicks Clear In Del Mar Debutante

Kaleem Shah’s Bellafina showed up with a big effort in Saturday’s Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante, taking command from Mother Mother in the far turn and drawing away to a commanding four-length win as the 2-1 second choice. The juvenile daughter of Quality Road, ridden by Flavien Prat for trainer Simon Callaghan, covered seven furlongs […]

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